Guardians of the Galaxy star denies joining James Gunn's The Suicide Squad

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From Digital Spy

Update: Sorry folks, it looks like Michael Rooker isn't joining The Suicide Squad after all.

It was reported last week that the Guardians of the Galaxy star was set to reunite with director James Gunn as King Shark for the DC reboot, but the actor has now denied the claims on his Instagram.

He wrote alongside a picture of the story: "DA...........NOT!!!"

We'll take that as a no, then.

Original story: Director James Gunn might be back on board for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, but he's got a little project with comic book rivals DC to contend with first.

And, as production for The Suicide Squad draws closer, it turns out Gunn isn't the only one who'll be switching sides for a while.

Continuing his professional relationship with Gunn in the Suicide Squad sequel-turned-reboot, Michael Rooker is reportedly set to star as a Suicide Squad recruit.

According to TheWrap, Rooker – who Guardians fans will recognise as Yondu Udonta – is being lined up for the role of King Shark in Gunn's The Suicide Squad.

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King Shark, who made his first comic book appearance in 1994, is a humanoid shark and supervillain, as well as the son of the God of all Sharks, Chondrakha. In other words, he's one of the most ridiculous villains out there.

(And we mean that as a compliment.)

James Gunn's The Suicide Squad has been billed by DC as a departure from David Ayer's critically-panned, yet Oscar-winning Suicide Squad, with producer Peter Safran recently calling it "a total reboot".

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"First of all, we don't call it Suicide Squad 2 'cos it's a total reboot," he explained. "So, it's The Suicide Squad and I think people should be extremely excited about it.

"It's everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot."

No pressure, then.

The Suicide Squad is out in cinemas on August 6, 2021.

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